Blackland Chapter, Native Prairies Association of Texas presents
Northeast Texas Prairies and More Tour
Saturday, June 16, 2018
7:30 am – Depart from Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas
- Matthews Cartwright-Roberts Prairie with Susan Roberts, near Terrell
This is 200 acres of quality prairie with stunning views. One of the owners, Susan Roberts, will guide us on the prairie’s plants and it history. In 2000, this prairie was awarded the Texas Lone Star Land Steward Award.
- Ebel Grassland Ranch with Kelli and Karl Ebel, Sulphur Bluff
This critically imperiled Silveus dropseed prairie has undergone an amazing restoration since 2003. The Ebels will share their knowledge on the ecology of raising cattle and goats on their 1,057-acre grassland. They were recently invited to Washington D.C. to urge members of Congress to support the American Prairie Conservation Act for nationwide “Sodsaver” protection. It is a multi-species ranch, producing cattle and goats with approximately 525 acres of restored native tall grass prairie, 282 acres of non-native permanent pastures, and 250 acres of savannah and woodland.
Cost $10.00 per person. CASH only.Sandwiches, chips, and tea for lunch prepared for us by the local historical society.Gluten free and vegetarian lunch to be available upon request.Local historians will be available to share local lore.
- Lennox Woods Preserve, The Nature Conservancy, north of Clarksville
One of the most beautiful and pristine old-growth forests in the state, the 1,400-acre Lennox Woods Preserve is a vital refuge for several rare plant and animal species, all of which rely on the waters of Pecan Bayou, the largest undammed watershed in northeast Texas and what many consider the focus of the return of the black bear. The old-growth timber and cathedral-like canopy of these woods thought to be typical of the undisturbed floodplains throughout the state prior to the arrival of settlers.
- Daphne Prairie with B.F. Hicks, near Mt. Vernon
We return to this special site that is a favorite for prairie and bird lovers, known for its mima mounds and East Texas tall grasses prairie. Daphne is a 925-acre preserve and NPAT holds the conservation easement for supervision of management, CE was given to NPAT in 2016. We will be able to go further into the prairie this visit to view more of this historical property!
- Depart for Downtown Mt. Vernon to B.F. Hick’s Church Inn
Our tour will be guests of Franklin County Historical Association of the B.F. Hick’s Church Inn, 501 S. Kaufman St. Dinner will be held in the former church building and the garden will be open. The 1.5-acre grounds were planted for birds and butterflies with a variety of native plants. The gardens will be blooming for the tour!
Around 9:30pm – Return to Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas
For Additional Information
Price includes Bus Fare – Seating is Limited.
$80.00 for NPAT Members
$90.00 for Non-NPAT Members
Please bring a hat for protection, insect repellent, and bottled water.
For attire: long pants and long sleeves shirts are recommended with sturdy walking shoes!